I do subscribe to the idea from the book My One Word, that you can use one word to improve your character. The book explains how to focus on One Word for the year and journal throughout the year, as a way of record keeping.
I have never much been one for looking backwards, much preferring to look forwards, so this approach suits me. It enables me to gain perspective throughout the year, and then have a record about how my life changed over the year without it being a negative experience.
Last year my word was Love, this word that is used in so many ways in the English langauge, was a challenge, but a good one. This year I have not settled on a word, but out of a dozen words I have narrowed it down to five. The word you choose need not to be about the habits you are trying to change, but more of a positive change of character, goodness knows we all have areas we can improve on.
If you would like to know more, please ask.
So, as we head into 2015, I wish you all the joy and prosperity you hope for.
1.the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure; elation: She felt the joy of seeing her son’s success.
2.a source or cause of keen pleasure or delight; something or someone greatly valued or appreciated:
Her prose style is a pure joy.
3.the expression or display of glad feeling; festive gaiety.
4.a state of happiness or felicity.
verb (used without object)
5.to feel joy; be glad; rejoice.
verb (used with object)